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A Children’s Rights Approach to Education in Wales

DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT WAY: A CHILDREN’S RIGHTS APPROACH TO EDUCATION IN WALES

A Children’s Rights Approach is a principled and practical framework for working with children, grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It’s about placing the UNCRC at the core of a child’s experience of education and at the core of school planning, teaching, decision-making, policies and practice.

The model set out in this guide has been developed for education settings in Wales and is applicable across the educational sector, to both statutory and non-statutory provision.

If you have any questions about the guide, or if you’d like to receive it in a different format, please get in touch.

Below we have created a video that explains clearly how you can make Children’s Rights a big part of your school’s life:

The principles of a Children’s Rights Approach are:

1. Embedding children’s rights

2. Equality and Non-discrimination 

3. Empowering children

4. Participation

5. Accountability

The guide focuses on each principle individually and gives practical advice on how it can be put into practice.

Our case studies illustrate practice that can be implemented from Early Years to Post-16 education and reflect practice in mainstream and non-mainstream settings.

Many settings will already have procedures which are consistent with a Children’s Rights Approach: often adopting the principles and practices in this guide will complement or improve what’s already working.

Hafod Primary school

The headteacher of Hafod Primary in Swansea discusses embedding rights in all aspects of school life and its positive impact, including its impact on keeping children safe:

Pentrehafod Secondary school

Pupils and a member of staff at Pentrehafod discuss the impact of a Rights Approach at their school:

 

We’ve worked with teachers in the EAS consortium area to pilot training sessions that they can use to help colleagues learn more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the role of Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION

DOWNLOAD THE SESSION 1 OUTLINE

DOWNLOAD THE SESSION 2 OUTLINE

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDANCE

Students/Professional Training

We’ve made three lectures/lesson plans for university and college students that introduce children’s rights and the work of our office.

They also show students how children’s rights can be used to help them in their future work with children and young people.

If you’d like to see these lectures/lessons visit our Students/Professional Training Page:

Students/Professional Training